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Guest Speaker – Natasha Tusikov

Subverting the Democratic Process: Secretive Extra-legal Deals and the Regulation of Information Flows on the Internet

Rights holders of both copyright and trademarks are increasingly aggressive – and innovative – in their online legal and enforcement strategies, including using automated tools. They are also deliberately bypassing legislative efforts in favour of secretive, non-legally binding enforcement agreements with major Internet intermediaries, including Google and PayPal.


Dr. Tusikov argues that rights holders are expanding their legal and extra-legal efforts on the Internet in ways that are contrary to the public interest and raise significant concerns relating to accountability, freedom of expression and privacy. She presents her research, based on over fifty interviews with Internet firms, rights holders, private security companies and government officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.


Natasha Tusikov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University. Her research examines the intersections among law, technology, and regulation, with a particular focus on regulation by Internet intermediaries. Her book, Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet, will be published by the University of California Press in 2017.

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Date(s) - January 25, 2016
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

BSB 136, McMaster University


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